Bitcoin Exchange Mycoin Bankrupt: Takes Investors' $390m

Bitcoin Exchange Mycoin Bankrupt: Takes Investors' $390m

Hong Kong-based Bitcoin exchange is reported to have gone bankrupt, taking away US$390 million worth investors' funds with it. According to The South China Morning Post, the lost money belongs to a total of 3,000 exploited MyCoin customers who all were promised double returns in over a year. One of the victims, surnamed Lau, told the newspaper that they were asked by the higher tiers of the scheme to bring more customers if they need the money back. Her statements clearly explained MyCoin was a pyramid-structured Ponzi company. Other investors shared Lau's statement and further....

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Alleged Scammers Behind Bitcoin Exchange Ponzi, MyCoin, Arrested in Taiwan

The Chinese newspaper, China Times, has reported that on August 20, 2015, Taiwanese police arrested two suspects who allegedly scammed investors out of $1 billion NT, equivalent to $30.6 million USD. Lu Kuan-wei and Chen Yun-fei were arrested after the Criminal Investigation Bureau in Taipei received a number of complaints about fraud from victims. Editor’s Note: To be clear, Mycoin was a ponzi scheme that fronted as a Bitcoin exchange. Additionally, it needs to be noted that MyCoin is not Maicoin, a legal Taiwanese Bitcoin exchange.


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